Something Feral

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Friday, October 10, 2008

A curious sort of libertarianism

According to Christopher Buckley, an overt Marxist will, upon taking the oath of office, magically transform into Captain America by virtue of an above-average intelligence and sense of social responsibility:
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, I’m libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. O’Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

The Daily Beast. How appropriate. (Yes, I slipped that link into his blockquote.)

There won't be a backlash, blow-back or anything except the mild breeze of adulate praise to the Obamassiah if when he does accept the landslides of worthless American dollars into the war-chest. Special-interests will magically metamorphose into "groups of concerned citizens", and a crippling tax-rate will be instituted as "a necessary step towards economic equality".

Lick the jack-boots of your overlords if you must, Buckley, but do it honestly.


Elusive Wapiti said...

Well I for one don't hold out much hope that the #1 or #2 most left-wing senator in the Senate will suddenly lurch rightward in office.

Clinton did, but then again, he was more pragmatist than true believer.

Here's hoping that the power behind the throne will moderate President Obama as they did Bush 43, who quickly flipped on the issue of empire-building and intervention abroad.

Also, I bet a six-pack of beer right now that the terrible economy that we're having right now will be recognized (after the fact, of course) as not all that bad within a month or so after Obama is coronated.

Something Feral said...

It's plausible that Obama might shift right; while his campaign isn't the most adept I've ever seen, it's failing less than McCain's.

Furthermore, I'd like to suppose that a party pushing a candidate with zero practical experience is doing it to ease the operation of the strings to his arms and mouth.

In the end, I cannot take the bet for the beer, as the puppet-masters will push whatever they can get away with riding on Charismobama, and the spin-machine will be working in the red-zone (WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.).

The Russians must be laughing pretty hard at us right now.

Something Feral said...

Another chilling thought:

The line of succession for an Obama presidency would likely be Biden, Pelosi, Byrd, then by cabinet appointment from the Obama campaign.

You know it's bad when they have insurance on screwing the prols.